The PhD…

Because I’m proud to bursting, I must announce that My Theseus was actually quite good. At least according to the powers that be at Newcastle University, who gave me a distinction. For those of you not familiar with academic marking in the UK, from what I gather they go up to 80 instead of 100. A 50-59 is a pass, 60-69 is a merit and 70-79 is a distinction. I got a 73.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing My Theseus, which was what started me thinking about academia and the possibility of doing my PhD. I started looking up programs and possibilities. The current leader in my doctorate fantasies is John Hopkins University and their awesome PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology.

Since I got my mark back last week, the PhD has been on my mind even more. With that kind of mark on my dissertation, my odds of getting accepted into a PhD are much higher. It’s a very large stepping stone on that path, if it’s the path I want to take.

But do I?

There are valid points in each column of the yellow legal pad.

Dr. Heather Montgomery has quite the ring to it. But a PhD is another 6 years of school with no guarantee that I’ll be able to find a job at the end.

I’m meeting with the head of the PhD at John Hopkins next week when I’m in Baltimore. There will definitely be more discussion about a future in academia in my life…

For now, I’m trying to focus on how awesome it is to be Heather Montgomery, BJ, MA.


  • By Eleni, October 10, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    Congratulations! That’s awesome. It’s good when you have fun writing a thesis, since then you tend to work harder, do better, and end up even more pleased about the experience. If you enjoy it, then a PhD is definitely a nice option, though you’re right that it takes a LONG time, especially when you consider that you’re not earning much for all those years while your peers are getting “real jobs”. I still doubt my decision to go for a PhD from time to time.

    Too bad I’m not in Maryland anymore. Not that I was in Baltimore, but it was the right area. Are you going to Baltimore just to visit John Hopkins, or for other reasons?

  • By Hezabelle, October 10, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    Thanks! My best friend just moved to Baltimore, so it ended up being really convenient! I’m visiting her AND I get to see my first choice school!

    Where did you live in Maryland?

    Everyone I’ve talked to has doubted their PhDs at some point, which is part of the reason why I’m weary to commit 6 years of my life to it.. :S

  • By Eleni, October 10, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    Oh, that’s nice! Works out well.

    I lived in a town called Cambridge by the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, about a 1.5-hour drive to Baltimore. It was kind of in the middle of nowhere, but pleasant enough.

  • By Sebastian, October 13, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    Well done!

    Believe it or not, I also got a 73 for my dissertation.

    As far as I know, mine was out of 100, though :)

  • By Emily Jane, October 25, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Very well done! I love the idea of “My Theseus”. And I’m glad you got to write about something you’re passionate about :)

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